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Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living

By Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little, and Edmund C. Snodgrass

Small Green Roofs is the first book to focus on small-scale and domestic green roofs. More than forty profiles of small and domestic-scale projects of all shapes and sizes include green roofs on sheds, garden offices, studios, garages, houses, bicycle sheds, and other small structures, as well as several community projects. For readers looking for inspiration when hiring a contractor or taking the adventurous step of building their own, Small Green Roofs provides the knowledge and encouragement to make it possible.

Timber Press, 2011

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Living Architecture - Green Roofs and Walls

By Christine Goodwin and Graeme Hopkins

Extensively illustrated with photographs and drawings, Living Architecture highlights the most exciting green roof and living wall projects in Australia and New Zealand within an international context.  Cities around the world are becoming denser, with greater built form resulting in more hard surfaces and less green space, leaving little room for vegetation or habitat. One way of creating more natural environments within cities is to incorporate green roofs and walls in new buildings or to retrofit them in existing structures. This practice has long been established in Europe and elsewhere, and now Australia and New Zealand have begun to embrace it. 

Read review by Renee Davies in Landscape Architecture New Zealand magazine (September 2011)


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The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation, and Maintenance

By Edmund C. Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre

This book fills the gap by providing an overview of practices and techniques that have been effective in North America. The authors offer options regarding structure, function, horticulture, and logistics, as well as surveys of actual projects and analyses of why they have or haven’t succeeded. Approachable and reader-friendly, the manual clearly explains how these complex systems function and how to plan and carry out projects successfully from concept through construction and maintenance. Ideally suited to professionals (including architects, landscape architects, engineers, and designers) and their clients, it brings together key lessons from leaders in the field. Numerous photographs highlight the range of design possibilities and show green roofs both during construction and at various stages of maturity.

Timber Press, 2010

Guidelines for the Planning, Construction and Maintenance of Green Roofing, 2008

The FLL - Green roof guideline is the standard regulatory work for the intensive greening, simple intensive  greening  and  extensive  greening  of  already  sealed  roofs  and  building  covers.  It  also contains details of care and maintenance work to the greened areas and service  information  for the technical installations.  The FLL - Green  roof guideline complements  the appropriate standards of  the Construction Tendering and Contract Regulations – VOB – and the German Standards Institute – DIN – for landscape contractors.  This  applies  to  the  execution  of  soil,  planting  and  lawn works  (soft  landscaping)  and  the associated maintenance.  

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Green roofs and facades

By Gary Grant

Green roofs and facades on buildings offer a wide range of benefits, including attenuation of rainwater run-off, improved thermal stability and energy conservation, enhanced air quality, wildlife habitat and open space.

This book provides an accessible overview of the development of green roofs and the contribution they can make to sustainable development. It explains the benefits of their use, and identifies the key aspects that must be considered in designing, building and maintaining them. It is fully illustrated with numerous examples of successful applications from around the world.

Building Research Establishment, 2006